Half Moon Run

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Half Moon Run
Half Moon Run in concert in Belgium, 2013
Half Moon Run in concert in Belgium, 2013
Background information
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
GenresIndie rock, indie folk, indie pop[1]
Years active2009–present
LabelsIndica Records (Canada), Glassnote Records (USA), Communion (UK),
Indica Australia (AU and NZ)
  • Devon Portielje
  • Dylan Phillips
  • Conner Molander
Past members
  • Isaac Symonds

Half Moon Run is a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec. The group is known for their heavy use of layered percussion, group vocal harmonies, and for playing multiple instruments during live performances.


2009–2013: Formation and Dark Eyes[edit]

Half Moon Run was formed in 2009 in Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood. Conner Molander and Dylan Phillips, who had both moved to Montreal from Vancouver, connected with Devon Portieje who had moved there from Ottawa.[2]

Their debut album, Dark Eyes, was released on 27 March 2012, with "Full Circle" being released on 19 March 2012 as the lead single. The entire album was co-produced with Daniel Lagacé and Nygel Asselin.[3][4] They have toured Europe, Australia and North America.[5] Critical acclaim has included praise for their three-part harmonies.[6]

Shortly after the release of Dark Eyes, Isaac Symonds, originally from Comox, British Columbia, joined the lineup.[2]

Throughout 2012 and 2013, the band played at South by Southwest, Osheaga, Canadian Music Week, Glastonbury, WayHome Music & Arts Festival, and opened for artists such as Of Monsters and Men, Metric, Patrick Watson, City and Colour and Mumford & Sons.[7]

In August 2013, Ubisoft launched a new Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag trailer featuring their song "Full Circle".

Half Moon Run in 2013

2014–2018: Sun Leads Me On[edit]

In July 2014, they announced that work on their second album had begun.[8] They announced that it would be released in fall 2015.[9] That same year, they were the recipients of the International Achievement Award at the annual Francophone SOCAN Awards in Montreal.[10]

On 24 July 2015 the band announced a UK and European tour, which sees them playing shows in London, Paris, Dublin, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Nottingham, Brussels, Cologne, Amsterdam and Berlin.[11]

On 7 August 2015 the band announced, via their Twitter page, the release of their second studio album, Sun Leads Me On, on 23 October 2015. They simultaneously released a teaser track, "Trust", which was available as a free download with pre-orders of their album. Pre-orders via their website offers the album signed by all band members. A deluxe version is also set to be released, with details of its track listing to be revealed closer to release.

2019–present: A Blemish in the Great Light, Symond's Departure, and Seasons of Change[edit]

On 1 November 2019, Half Moon Run released their third full-length album A Blemish in the Great Light. The album won the Juno Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2020.[12]

On 25 May 2020, the band announced that Isaac Symonds would be leaving the group.[13]

Throughout May and June 2020 while the band members had been self-isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they recorded and released videos of themselves performing "isolation versions" of their songs with Symonds included. They also released seven singles, six of which were later released together as an EP entitled Seasons of Change on 17 July.[14][15][16] They followed up in September with The Covideo Sessions, an EP of live versions of previously recorded songs.

On 21 August 2020, Dylan Phillips released his debut solo EP entitled Undercurrents.[17]

On 18 March 2021, the band released a single "How Come My Body" in preparation for a new release.



  • Devon Portielje – lead vocals, guitar, piano, percussion (2009–present)
  • Conner Molander – backing vocals, guitar, keyboard, piano, pedal steel, bass, harmonica (2009–present)
  • Dylan Phillips – backing vocals, drums, piano, keyboard (2009–present)


  • Isaac Symonds – backing vocals, drums, mandolin, synthesizer, bass (2012–2020)



Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
BEL (Fl)
BEL (Wa)


Dark Eyes 8 119 186 138 48 56 12
Sun Leads Me On
  • Released: 23 October 2015
  • Label: Indica
  • Format: Digital download, CD, 12" vinyl
4 39 152 81 110 49 46 16 9
A Blemish in the Great Light
  • Released: 1 November 2019
  • Label: Crystal Math Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD, 12" vinyl
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Title Details
Seasons of Change
  • Released: 17 July 2020
  • Label: Crystal Math / Glassnote
  • Format: Digital download, 10" vinyl
The Covideo Sessions
  • Released: 4 September 2020
  • Label: Crystal Math / Glassnote
  • Format: Digital download
Inwards & Onwards
  • Released: 18 June 2021
  • Label: Crystal Math / Glassnote
  • Format: Digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions Album


BEL (Fl)
2012 "Full Circle" 29 27 67 63 60 Dark Eyes
2013 "Call Me in the Afternoon" 19 39 69 166
2014 "She Wants to Know" 22 37
2015 "Trust" Sun Leads Me On
"Turn Your Love" 11 13
2016 "Consider Yourself" 43
2019 "Then Again" 21 A Blemish in the Great Light
"Favourite Boy"[33] 36
2020 "Grow Into Love" Seasons of Change EP
"All at Once"
"Jello On My Mind (More Sugar Mix)" Non-album single
"You Won't" / "Look Me in the Eyes (Skitstövel)" Seasons of Change EP
"Seasons of Change"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album

2013 "Nerve" 36 Dark Eyes


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  13. ^ "Half Moon Run Part Ways with Isaac Symonds".
  14. ^ "Half Moon Run Deliver New Song "All At Once"". Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Half Moon Run Deliver a Pair of Isolation-Recorded Singles". Retrieved 6 July 2020.
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  17. ^ Gregory, Allie (29 July 2020). "Half Moon Run's Dylan Phillips Announces Debut Solo EP 'Undercurrents'". Exclaim!. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
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  20. ^ a b c "Discografie Half Moon Run". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal.
  21. ^ "Discographie Half Moon Run". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  22. ^ "Discographie Half Moon Run". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  23. ^ a b "Discografie Half Moon Run". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  24. ^ a b Peaks in the UK:
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  26. ^ "Half Moon Run Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  27. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. Archived from the original on 17 September 2015.
  28. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Half Moon Run – Dark Eyes". Music Canada.
  29. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Sun Leads Me On – Dark Eyes". Music Canada.
  30. ^ Peak positions for the Alternative Rock songs in Canada:
  31. ^ "Half Moon Run – Chart History: Canada Rock". Billboard. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  32. ^ Scottish Singles Chart positions for Half Moon Run:
  33. ^ "Half Moon Run Share Steamy New Video for "Favourite Boy"". Exclaim. Retrieved 4 March 2020.

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